The intact Challenger cabin plunge into the ocean. The astronaut inside were still alive.

The intact Challenger cabin plunge into the ocean. Astronauts inside activated their emergency oxygen supply, an evidence they were still alive

On January 28, 1986, STS-51-L launched with Astronauts Dick Scobee, Michael J. Smith, Ellison Onizuka, Judy Resnik, Ronald McNair, Christa McAuliffe, and Gregory Jarvis aboard. Seventy-three seconds into launch, their orbiter, the Challenger, broke apart when strong wind gusts put the final touches on a tragedy that started with stiffened O-rings on a freezing Florida morning. The orbiter broke into pieces, the details obscured by billowing vapor. Two minutes and forty-five seconds later, the crew chamber hit the ocean with an acceleration of 200 G. It was one of the worst space disasters of spaceflight history.

Challenging Time of Death of Challenger’s Crew

Unlike the investigation after Columbia, Challenger’s Rogers Commission did not mention the physiological details of the crew’s deaths, probably out of a sense of sensitivity for the astronauts’ families. NASA released a statement at the time indicating that they were unable to determine the cause of death, but “established that it is possible, but not certain, that loss of consciousness did occur in the seconds following the orbiter breakup.” 

That is the story that has been passed down in the years since. However, a few voices have risen to dispel that version of events as only partially true. One of them is retired and somewhat eccentric astronaut Story Musgave. Musgrave was a physician before he became an astronaut, serving as a part-time trauma surgeon during his years at NASA, and he knows exactly how Challenger’s astronauts died. “They died when they hit the water,” Musgrave says, ” We know that.”

Watch the report below for more details:

12 Responses

  1. Bladeistrue

    NASA and space exploration is a ruse for an edge for global domination from orbit – that’s all, all else is just idle fascination to justify more public money to support it. A perpetrated delusion like evolutionism.

  2. Greenmeat3

    Very informative. Please change Died to Die in the headline. It really distracts from the seriousness of the content.

  3. Alex7000

    two minutes and forty five seconds knowing you are going to die and unable to say goodbye… RIP

  4. Justin

    I think the Challenger’s crew died due to the speed they hit the ocean, killing them instantly unlike, the explosion. The explosion without smoke clouds, would be a quick bust of fire, and gone, survivable in some cases to the fact that they were wearing Space Suits.

  5. katkosh1

    Even if they died “instantly” when they hit the water, you know that, just for a moment or two, they felt the pain of being ripped apart when they hit…

  6. Russell Roesner

    I’m sorry but no, they died so fast the nerve endings of their bodies would not have even had time to tell the brain it hurts. It was a merciful death except for the fact they had 2.5 minutes before they crashed.

  7. Russell Roesner

    I’d like this guy in the video to just tell the public what he knows instead of just sound holier than though he knows something we do not. His arrogance is duely noted here.

  8. Bill P

    I don’t believe that they were conscious when the crew compartment hit the water. With the torque and sheering forces of the breakup at mach 2+, plus the impact of debris during breakup. I find it unlikely that the cabin maintained integrity to keep any air pressure to maintain consciousness of the astronauts for nearly 3 minutes to the water. The air packs did not provide pressurized air to keep the astronauts conscious.

  9. nin

    And you know better than a NASA Sugeon, where’s your medical degree from?

  10. Birddogjock

    They weren’t wearing “space suits”. Shuttle astronauts didn’t wear them until after the Challenger disaster. They were wearing helmets and flight suits.

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